When Is It Safe To Take Baby Out In Public?
“When is it safe to bring baby out in public?”, this is a question new parents, especially Mums, always ask.
After getting cooped up in the hospital and then in the house, getting some fresh air and natural sunlight is definitely a simple joy for many new mothers. But you're worried about taking your newborn outside with you because Aunt Wendy says that a newborn should stay in for the first few weeks, or even months..
Actually, the idea that a newborn has to stay inside the house for a few weeks after they're born is totally FALSE.
As long as your baby is healthy, going out and getting some fresh air can be great for Mummy and baby if you take some precautions. (If your baby is a preemie or has a weak immune system or other health problem, please check with your doctor.)
So here are some tips to take note of:
1. Start small
Start off with a short couple of one or two hour excursions and slowly build up the duration of your trips out with your little one. A good place to start is a short walk around the local park with your little baby angel.
2. Dress your baby appropriately
General rule of thumb is to dress your baby in as many layers as you are. And diapers is not a layer.
In winter, you’ll want to keep your baby warm with sufficient layers. Take extra care to also make sure their hands, feet and head are all covered sufficiently as well.
In summer, keep your baby, especially those under 6 months) out of direct sunlight. Their newborn skin is very sensitive and should not be given sunscreen. Be sure to protect your baby with loose covering clothing and hats from the sun’s UV rays as well.
3. Avoid exposing your baby to people who are unwell
This should be obvious. If someone nearby is unwell and could be potentially contagious, keep your little one away at light speed.
4. Avoid Crowds
The younger your baby, the weaker their immune system. Hence to prevent your baby from catching germs and falling ill, it’s best to avoid crowded places such as malls and restaurants within the first 6 weeks.
Similarly, you probably will want to avoid having too many visitors to your home in the same period. No doubt everyone will want to embrace your newborn baby, however, this can expose your baby to unwanted germs. It’s a good practice to asking your friends and relatives to sanitise their hands before holding your baby, just to be safe.
5. Be ready with supplies
Diaper bags are essential whenever Mummies want to go out. Minimally you’ll want a change of baby clothing, spare nappies (1 for every hour out), wet wipes, nappy changing mat definitely an important, if not the most item - milk for baby.
Create a checklist of essential items for easy reference will help you to remember everything and make the packing process a breeze.